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The Demonologist: A Novel

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4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

What occurs when one is confronted with experiential proof of th

What occurs when one is confronted with experiential proof of that which one “knew” not to exist?  How to respond to a threat that is verifiably real, but cannot be seen, touched or admitted to by the majority of humanity to exist yet has caused damage to those you love...
What occurs when one is confronted with experiential proof of that which one “knew” not to exist?  How to respond to a threat that is verifiably real, but cannot be seen, touched or admitted to by the majority of humanity to exist yet has caused damage to those you love?  For David Ullman, professor at Columbia University and world renowned expert on Demonic Literature, specifically Milton’s Paradise Lost, the answer to those questions go from academic and rhetorical to vital and very much to be answered when his 11-year-old daughter whispers to him, as she falls from a ledge, seemingly while in the control of a malevolent spirit, “find me.”
At the time of his daughter’s “mishap,” Dr. Ullman was on a trip to access a mysterious phenomenon he was commissioned to witness in Venice.  What he saw was the apparent demonic possession of a man with a specific message for Dr. Ullman.  From the moment the book changes from a pedestrian thriller to an intelligent, frightening quest for enlightenment through self-sacrifice, struggle and Grace.  In his search for his daughter “before she becomes mine (the demon),” he must face why he has chosen to become an expert in an area that “requires” faith yet he has no belief in anything beyond the academic interest in the literature he teaches. In answering these questions, he discovers a truth that is painful, fitting, clarifying and helps him to make sense of his world.  The Truth this revelation brings is of more depth than what he has found in his “unknowing” teaching.
The psychological parallels and theological allegories to be found in this book are legion.  The damage done a child can be life-changing and its mending can cause that pain can reveal strengths unknown.  No one travels alone, nor is a single cord stronger than two wound together.  “Never tire of doing good” the Apostle Paul told the Thessalonians and that admonition is shown to be made of durable cloth in the life Dr. Ullman.
There are terrifying moments in this book.  I find little to fear in mythology or science fiction and my heart raced at moments.  There are also moments of graphic violence that can leave the reader with unwanted images. Perhaps a readership that reads “scary” novels needs a voice that speaks of things far larger & stronger than demons, Mr. Pyper has certainly given that voice a large microphone.

posted by YoyoMitch on April 27, 2013

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

This is a strange book, not because of content, but because of t

This is a strange book, not because of content, but because of the way in which the Author chose to write both the storyline and develop the character of the main protagonist.  The story is told through the words of the main character, and the settings in which the stor...
This is a strange book, not because of content, but because of the way in which the Author chose to write both the storyline and develop the character of the main protagonist.  The story is told through the words of the main character, and the settings in which the storyline takes places are experienced by the reader through the eyes of this character.  One trait the reader learns early on in the novel this character possesses is that of melancholy, and it is this trait that saturates every word, action and observation the main lead takes. This trait has a habit of making the book move at a much slower pace than I would have expected from a topic such as this, but it also serves the purpose of making the reader take time as they progress through the pages to ensure they don’t miss the meanings of anything covered.

The European location is very well written, and after having spent some time here, I could picture the twists and turns that were taken in this city.  The Author obviously thought long and hard when writing his book, as to which location would serve as the best setting for this portion of their work; by choosing this one I felt they had done an outstanding job, as it lends itself perfectly to this type of storyline.  It is apparent from some sections of the book too, that the Author did a great deal of research in Milton’s Paradise Lost, and comes up with some very well educated explanations for some of the verses which really added another dimension to this book.

Although I did enjoy this book, I found after a while the way in which it was written was becoming depressing and, although this may not detract from some readers enjoyment of this novel I felt like it kept me from liking this read more than I did.  I applaud the way in which the Author tackled the topics covered in this novel, but I don’t think I will be reading anymore of their work as their writing style really isn’t for me.

I would recommend this book to readers who enjoyed The Historian and also lovers of the Supernatural/Paranormal genre.

posted by Amaranthae on December 9, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2013

    Thoroughly enjoyed this novel.  Read it in one sitting, ignoring

    Thoroughly enjoyed this novel.  Read it in one sitting, ignoring sleep, the phone, dinner and other annoyances.  I disagree with the idea that it is on par with "The Historian," a book I couldn't manage to read past the first 60 pages.
    If you like Stephanie Meyers or writing of that mien, don't buy this book.  But if you like Dennis Lehane, John Connolly or Richard Kadrey, this book is for you.
      Enjoy!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2013

    I liked reading this book so much, that I bought the Trade Missi

    I liked reading this book so much, that I bought the Trade Mission and Paradise Lost right after I finished it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2014

    Great Book!

    Suspenseful and unnerving. Excellent writing. Simply a great book.

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  • Posted July 14, 2013

    This is an eerie, unsettling novel about a haunted academic. Lov

    This is an eerie, unsettling novel about a haunted academic. Loved it.

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  • Posted March 6, 2013

    The Demonologist Andrew Pyper ISBN: 978-1-4516-9741-4 *This is a

    The Demonologist
    Andrew Pyper
    ISBN: 978-1-4516-9741-4
    *This is an ARC copy via goodreads giveaway*
    5 Stars!
    When Professor David Ullman, expert scholar of Milton’s Paradise Lost, receives an offer to travel to Venice, Italy by a mysterious woman it seems to be a much needed break from his personal dilemma. He is expected to witness something, a phenomenon, for a large amount of money. He’s uneasy about the task and unsure how his opinion can help the woman and her employer since he is not a believer, but sees this trip as an escape for his daughter as well as himself. After an unimaginable tragedy in Venice, David finds himself following symbols and clues provided mostly by the book he has studied the most of his life to save his daughter from the demonic entity that has stolen her and is testing him.
    I will say up front that this is one of the best books I have read in a long time. The plot is original and very thought provoking. It’s smart and even though I am of my own opinions in this particular area there were many times that I found myself contemplating ideas. The margins now have notes and pages are marked for me to go back to, which is not uncommon but has been a rare practice of mine lately. The characters are as good as the plot. David is very vivid; a complex character but also very relatable. It was also clear how important the minor characters were to the story. I have nothing negative to say about this novel. This will be reread and I will pass it down to my husband. I cannot recommend this one enough!

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